Member for Petrie Luke Howarth joined State Member for Murrumba Reg Gulley and Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg at Anzac Avenue today to mark the start of construction.
Mr Howarth said Anzac Avenue was one of five southbound on ramps being upgraded as part of a $34.8 million Managed Motorways project along the Bruce Highway.
“Utilising technology on our highways is an excellent way to get more capacity out of existing infrastructure, and represents great value for money,” Mr Howarth said.
Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said the installation of traffic signals was underway.
“Underground sensors and closed circuit television cameras are also being added to the Anzac Avenue southbound on-ramp,” Mr Dutton said.
“This new technology will help ensure the highway can carry roughly 2,100 cars travelling at the speed limit in each lane every hour.”
Member for Longman Wyatt Roy said the upgrades would benefit all drivers using the interchange.
“The goal is to keep traffic moving on the highway and reduce the stop-start driving conditions that contribute to congestion and increase crash risks,” Mr Roy said.
Mr Gulley welcomed the works that form part of the Queensland Government’s strong plan to improve the safety of our road network.
“The underground sensors will identify the highway’s capacity during peak periods, with traffic signals then either releasing cars onto the highway or holding traffic at the ramps for a short period until there is room for motorists to safely enter,” Mr Gulley said.
“If one on-ramp is particularly busy, the system can reduce traffic flow at the other ramps to create more capacity on the highway for the motorists at the busy ramp,” Mr Gulley said.
Mr Ruthenberg said the transport technology would be added to five existing southbound highway on-ramps including Dohles Rocks Road, Anzac Avenue, Boundary Road, Deception Bay Road and Uhlmann Road.
“Once construction work is complete at all five on-ramps, the new technology will be activated simultaneously in mid-2015,” Mr Ruthenberg said.
The Australian and Queensland Governments have each committed $17.4 million to the project, which is Stage 1 of the Managed Motorways works on the Bruce Highway between the Gateway Motorway and Caboolture.
The Australian Government has committed a further $84 million to future stages, which will follow on from the current works.
For Mr Howarth: Zuzanna Kamusinski 07 3284 8008
For Mr Dutton: Christian Hayes 07 3205 9977
For Mr Roy: Matt Fynes-Clinton 0421 059 438
For Mr Gulley: Electorate office 07 3293 1069
For Mr Ruthenberg: Electorate office 07 3491 8800